This letter is published by the Church Times this morning
LONDON BISHOPS AND CLERGY URGED SHOUT FROM THEIR COMFORTABLE ROOF TOPS FOR JUSTICE FOR TENANTS IMPOVERISHED BY WELFARE “REFORM”
Sir, – I live on my pension in Tottenham. Thanks to Queen Anne’s Bounty, a generous laity, and taxpayers through Gift Aid, plus the skilled exploitation of a free market by the capitalist Church Commissioners, I am secure till the end of my life, paying 25 per cent of my gross pension to them for a two-bedroom terraced house.
The bishops and clergy of the diocese of London live in church property rent- and council-tax-free. We are surrounded by insecurity of tenure and the innocent suffering of the tenants of local councils and social housing. The injustice is self-evident.
Typical cases are a single mother with two young children placed in sub-standard private temporary accommodation in Tottenham; the flat is…
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